Andrew Cancio vs Alberto Machado Preview June 21st
Former WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado of Puerto Rico will be attempting to regain his title when he faces Andrew Cancio of Blythe, California in a rematch this Friday, June 21st. Cancio took the belt in their first fight in February by a fourth-round stoppage in an upset after getting decked in the opening round. The rematch takes place in Indio, California, the site of their first fight, and can bee seen live in North America on DAZN.
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Cancio vs Machado Betting Odds
- Andrew Cancio +162
- Alberto Machado -200
The 28-year-old Machado climbs into the ring with a record of 21-1 with 17 Kos. It’s obvious that he has quite a bit of power as his current knockout ratio is an impressive 77 per cent. This was evident in his October, 2017 win over Jezreel Corrales when he won the title by an eighth-round knockout. He then defended it against Rafael Mensah by unanimous decision and Yuandale Evans by a first-round knockout before losing his unbeaten record and title to Cancio.
Machado turned pro back in 2012 and the southpaw has fought just 68 rounds since then due to his knack of stopping his opponents. Machado hadn’t really fought anybody of note until meeting Corrales. He was dropped in the fifth round in that bout, but picked himself up from the canvas and stopped the former champion three rounds later. Corrales had lost his title by coming in overweight for the bout and the title was on the line for Machado only and he certainly took advantage of the situation.
He’s quite big for a super featherweight at 5-feet-10-inches tall with a reach of 72 inches. Machado had a fine amateur career by winning a few national championships and since turning pro he’s also won the WBC United States (USNBC), WBO NABO, and WBA-NABA Super Featherweight Titles. With his loss to Cancio though his chin is now coming into question since he was dropped three times before the referee stopped the fight and he was also floored by Corrales when he won the title.
Cancio is 30 years old and owns a mark of 20-4-2 with 15 Kos. He’s also got pretty good power with a knockout ratio of 58 per cent. He turned pro back in 2006 and has 136 rounds under his belt since then. He stands 5-feet-6-inches tall with a reach of 68 inches, therefore he’s giving up four inches in both height and reach to the champion. He won the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Title in April of last year with a 10th-round stoppage over Aidar Sharibayev.
Cancio was stopped by Joseph Diaz in the ninth round in 2016 with his other losses coming on decisions to Ronny Rios in 2014, Roger Gonzalez in 2012 and Carlos Vinan in 2008. He also has two draws on his record against Juan Velazquez in his pro debut and Freudis Rojas in his sixth pro fight, both in 2006. Cancio has also beaten the likes of Rocky Juarez, Jerry Belmontes, Rene Alvarado and Hugo Fidel Cazares. He’s got good skills and power with a pretty reliable chin.
Machado’s style, questionable chin and power make him a fan-friendly boxer but he isn’t the most mobile or fluid guy in the ring. He had Cancio down in the first round in February couldn’t finish him off. If he hurts him this time around definitely needs to go all out to try and stop him but he can’t just get into a slugfest from the opening bell as he needs to use his size advantage and nail the champ from the outside if possible. Cancio surprised a lot of people with the win a few months ago and it’s hard to say if he’ll be able to replicate it. He should have the confidence needed to do so but I have a feeling he had a perfect night when he stopped Machado and this time he will find the task a bit tougher. I think Machado will regain his title in another exciting affair that will likely end in a stoppage.
I don’t think Cancio can beat Machado twice in a row.
Play: Machado -200 @ BetOnline.ag
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